Empire Building Challenge

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Empire Building Challenge

A New Era for High-Rise Buildings

The Empire Building Challenge will spur economic growth and renewal in New York by attracting best-in-class manufacturers, solution providers, and entrepreneurs from around the world to help transform our existing building stock into the buildings of the future. Investing in the most promising novel approaches to retrofitting our tallest buildings will transform the high-rise building market and position the State as an epicenter of the low carbon retrofit industry.We recognize collaborating with the private sector to innovate, set new design standards, and look beyond our borders for solutions is critical to meeting our aggressive climate and economic goals.Let’s usher in a new era of high-rise buildings and accelerate the commercialization of new low-carbon retrofit products and design approaches through advanced demonstration projects. Together, we can create a future where high-rise buildings can reach toward carbon neutrality and generate nearly as much renewable energy as their inhabitants need to live, work, and play.

Join the Challenge

NYSERDA is creating public-private partnerships with leading commercial and multifamily real estate owners to recruit best-in-class equipment manufacturers, solution providers, and other businesses to invest in low carbon retrofit technology development here in New York State. Our partnerships will overcome the barriers preventing our existing high-rise buildings from achieving aggressive energy performance and GHG emissions targets.

We’d like to invite energy experts and building owners to submit their applications and join our ten prestigious real estate partners in pushing the needle to spur best-in-class, commercially acceptable strategies for decarbonizing existing buildings. Cohort members will be eligible to receive up to $100,000 in technical assistance funding, and up to $3,000,000 for low carbon retrofit project implementation

Building owners and MEPs are encouraged to apply through our portal before 3:00 p.m. ET on May 24, 2022. For more information, please visit our website or email ebc@nyserda.ny.gov.

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